Sheffield United FC

Ellie Lindores, a pupil from All Saints School, has researched the history of Sheffield United:

‘Sheffield United football club was formed at Bramall Lane on 22 March 1889 by the Sheffield United Cricket Club at the suggestion of its president, Sir Charles Clegg.  Clegg was a famous local sportsman, Chairman of the Sheffield FA and also of Sheffield Wednesday. He later went on to become Chairman and later President of the English FA. Bramall Lane first opened in 1855 and became a cricket ground in 1855 as a 3 sided stadium. In 1889 Bramall lane became a football ground home to Sheffield united football club, and still stands today for Sheffield united. There are 4 sides, there are 4 home fan stands and 2 home corners named the Jessica Ennis upper tier stand, the south stand, the Kennedy kop stand, and the john street stand, the kop corner and the Westfield health stand. Then there is an away stand called the Jessica Ennis lower tier.

In 1892-93 united secured a promotion to the first division. They won their first FA Cup Final on 15 April 1899, beating Derby County 4–1 at Crystal Palace. United enjoyed an unbroken 37-season spell in the top flight (which remains a record for a newly promoted team) winning the League Championship in 1897–98 and were runners up in 1896–97 and 1899-00. After the League Championship, United played and won an unofficial two-legged “Champions of Great Britain” title against Celtic, who had won that year’s Scottish League Championship. The 1901 losing Cup Final team. They won their first FA Cup Final on 15 April 1899, beating Derby County 4–1 at Crystal Palace, returning to the London venue to play Tottenham Hotspur on 20 April 1901. Despite Spurs being a Southern League club, they took The Blades to a replay with a 1–1 draw. Seven days later, at Burnden Park in Bolton, the London side won 3–1 in the replay. United returned to Crystal Palace the following year on 19 April 1902, and were again taken to a replay. This time Southampton (also from the Southern League) drew 1–1 but the replay exactly a week later, on the same ground was won 2–1 by the Blades. Captain George Utley leads Sheffield United out for the 1915 FA Cup final. The next final appearance came on 24 April 1915 at Old Trafford when United beat Chelsea 3–0 to win “The Khaki Cup final”, the last game before the Football League and FA Cup competition was suspended until the end of the First World War. The fourth and final win came with their first Wembley Cup Final, beating Cardiff City 1–0 on 25 April 1925. Their last appearance in a final came on 25 April 1936, losing 1–0 to Arsenal. After several close shaves,  including 1919–20 when they won just 6 matches, and 1929–30 when a 5–1 win at Old Trafford on the final day pulled them out of the bottom spot – they finished bottom of the First Division in 1934 and were relegated for the first time.’

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